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MIDDLEBORO – People stood on the side of the road watching as dozens of cruisers, SWAT trucks, K-9 units and even a tank drove away. After eight hours Wednesday, the standoff had come to a tragic end. Police discovered that 38-year-old John Mann, who had shot at a police officers serving a warrant earlier in the day and barricaded himself inside a home, had taken his own life. "The situation has come to a conclusion," said Middleboro Police Chief Joseph Perkins. "Unfortunately the individual has appeared to have taken his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound." Middleboro police and deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Unit were serving several arrest warrants against Mann on Wednesday morning when the incident began. Police arrived at the home at 469 Wareham St. at 9:30 a.m. The suspect fired one round at the officers with what appeared to be a rifle as they approached, police said. Nobody was hit. "That situation is very difficult as a police officer," Perkins said. "You never want to hear it especially as someone who supervises police officers and is responsible for the well-being of the entire department. I’m just thankful it turned out good and no (officers) were hurt." Mann then proceeded to barricade himself inside the Wareham Street house.

Residents were ordered to stay in their homes as the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) SWAT Unit, which consists of officers from throughout the region, arrived in the neighborhood. Police urged businesses and residents between Interstate 495 and Locust Street, along Route 28, to shelter in place. Middleboro schools were not put on lockdown. Residents nearby that were not on lockdown stood nearby trying to catch a glimpse of anything. Bethany Edwards, who works in the area, said she watched a convoy of state troopers and police officers drive down Route 28 this morning. “And then we heard helicopters,” she said. “We thought they were spraying the cranberry bogs. But when we went outside, there were six helicopters.” Edwards said she was surprised when she learned of the fugitive and the shooting. “I said ‘Around here?’ ” she said. “If you look around, we’re very rural. It’s very wooded … it’s very quiet. You usually don’t even see people walking down the street, it’s so quiet.” Police pulled back, took cover and established a perimeter around the house. They used numerous tools including robots and drones. At one point, an armored tractor could be seen pushing into the house, breaking through the garage and windows. Perkins said the approach was "slow and methodical." "I think, looking at the circumstances and the way the situation was contained, we knew the subject was in the home," Perkins said. "We wanted to not escalate the situation and to slowly give him the opportunity to come out." In addition to police negotiators attempting to communicate with Mann, family members were present at the staging area and shuttled to the scene by police to help negotiate with Mann. "Time was our friend. We wanted to take the softer approach to absolve the situation." Perkins said. "Eventually every method that we used to try to get in contact with the subject, every method we tried — eventually we ran out of creative solutions and ended up having to literally just open up the door and go in." Police found Mann, a Middleboro resident, dead from an apparent suicide. Inside the home, police also found a rifle and two handguns. No one else was in the home, a yellow, one-level residence just north of Angel View Pet Cemetery. Perkins said it was not the ending they were hoping for. The commotion caused many local residents to come out and look at the scene, which was about a quarter-mile away from the Mobil gas station and the on-ramp to Interstate 495. Serena Henderson, the store manager of Dunkin’ Donuts at the Mobil gas station on Wareham Street, came out throughout the day to check on the situation. "Nothing like this has ever happened before," Henderson said. She said that, in the morning, customers had come up to her and asked why there were so many police in the area and thought it may be an accident. "It was not an accident," Henderson said. "There were police walking around with big guns. I just hope it ends soon and that everyone is OK." For Middleboro police the situation hit close to home, as less than a month ago, in the nearby community of Yarmouth, police officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant.

"I think really the most important thing to extrapolate from this is what a dangerous job our police and first responders have every day," said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. "They are just simply men and women going to work and you have individuals such as this who are wanted by police and pulling firearms and discharging them and the men and women are just doing their job. I commend the efforts of all the law enforcement here today.